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th. there's a lot going on today, including leon panetta's first trip to iraq and afghanistan as the newly appointed defense secretary where he recently stayed they were on the verge of, quote, defeating al qaeda. >>> plus, road rage on the tour de france. a french tv car sends a group of cyclists flying into a barbed wire fence. we'll have the fallout ahead in sports. whoa! >>> but first, let's get to the news live at 5:30 a.m. here at 30 rock in new york city. >>> with weeks to go before the aulgt 2nd deadline, congressional leaders are heading back to the white house today for another meeting to try to reach a deal on raising the country's debt ceiling. after a 75-minute session with lawmakers last night, president obama is expected to hold a news conference this morning to discuss their deficit reduction efforts. this comes as the front page of "the wall street journal" reads, deficit negotiations hit reset. divisions on spending cuts and tax increases remain. the journal and others report that last night president obama urged leaders to strive for the largest package poss
in afghanistan at salt pit prison in 2002 and that of an iraqi prisoner killed in abu ghraib in 2003. in a statement leon panetta acknowledged the investigations and made it a point to mention that the justice department also dropped over 100 minor cases of abuse. he said i welcome the news that the broader inquiries are behind us. we are finally about to close this chapter of our agency's history. yesterday the senate confirmed david petraeus as leon panetta's replacement at cia. panetta moves into robert gates' position as secretary of defense today. secretary gates in an elaborate pentagon ceremony yesterday paid tribute by president obama. the president calling gates a humble american patriot. surprised him with the medal of freedom. the country's highest civilian honor. an emotional gates said he was humbled by the award calling his service to the country a privilege. >> i'm deeply honored and moved by your presentation of this award. it is a big surprise but we should have known a couple of months ago you are pretty good at this covert ops stuff. >>> it has been one day since p
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